Understanding intense feelings.
Intense feelings come with a veritable flood of neurochemicals (primarily, cortisol and adrenaline) associated with stress and the fight or flight response animals experience when they are afraid. Most of the aggression we see in dogs is fear- or insecurity-based. Dogs (and most animals) view the world in terms of safe, potentially unsafe, and unsafe. When a dog feels unsafe and afraid, an increase-distance alarm goes off inside (fight or flight). With this comes a flood of neurochemicals associated with this emotional response and distress. Continue reading